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Colorado Edition: Warm start to winter; shrinking Western water supply; respiratory therapist’s pandemic reflections

Drought in Colorado
Carlye Calvin
courtesy of University Center for Atmospheric Research
Drought in Colorado

The lifeblood of the West comes in the form of small, white snowflakes that feed the region’s water supply. KUNC’s Robyn Vincent tells us how a slow start to the winter season is intensifying concerns about the future.

One dry year after another is having widespread impacts, including shrinking the water supply for people around the West, from Wyoming to Mexico. That’s forcing discussions about who gets to use how much water. Right now, those discussions are happening at the annual meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association in Las Vegas. KUNC’s Alex Hager gives us an update from the conference.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 vaccines becoming available in Colorado. Last year, frontline healthcare workers became the first group of people to be vaccinated against the virus. One of those workers is Marilyn Schaefer, director of respiratory therapy for UCHealth’s North Region. She joined us to talk about the year of vaccination, and the role respiratory therapists have played in fighting the pandemic.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.